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Episode 59: Nick Curtola Chef of Four Horseman

Today's guest is Nick Curtola. Nick is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He began his formal cooking career at Camino in Oakland. He has also cooked at Franny's, Roman's, and Glady's in Brooklyn and spent a year cooking abroad in Italy. In 2015, Curtola was selected as the executive chef at The Four Horsemen, a 37-seat restaurant in Williamsburg which has received critical acclaim.


Episode 58: Chef Laura Cole

On today's episode, Eli interviews Chef Laura Cole. She grew up in in the suburbs of Detroit and moved to Alaska after graduating college. She opened 229 Parks Restaurant and Tavern, at the entrance to Denali National Park in 2005. She has been at the forefront of identifying, developing and pushing the boundaries of what Alaskan cuisine can be. She appeared on Top Chef season 15 and has twice been nominated in 2016 and 2017 for Best Chef Northwest from the James Beard Foundation


Episode 57: Chef Christina Lecki

Today’s guest is Chef Christina Lecki. Christina attended culinary school at the art institute of Philadelphia, went for a brief period to culinary school before going to work for Alfred Portale. She later joined The Breslin team under April Bloomfield rising to the level of Chef De Cuisine. While running The Breslin they maintained their Michelin star while serving food to a packed house every single night. She now leads the kitchen for Andrew Tarlow at Reynard located inside the Wythe...


Episode 56: Umber Ahmad

Today’s guest is Umber Ahmad. Umber's family moved from Pakistan to Marquette a city in Northern Michigan right before she was born. She attended MIT for undergrad for a degree in genetics, went to U of M for a master's in public health and also holds a MBA from Upenn. She has worked extensively as an investment banker and counseled people on how to expand their own brands. When her famous chef client Tom Colicchio caught wind of her baking and tried it, he decided to back her as she...


Episode 55: Erin Patinkin CEO of Ovenly

Erin Patinkin is CEO and co-founder of Ovenly. She has been recognized as one of New York’s most “badass women” in food in New York City by Zagat and as “one to watch” by Conde Nast. Her writing has been featured in Lucky Peach and Vice. Ovenly: Sweet & Salty Treat from New York’s Most Creative Bakery, was named as one of the best overall books of 2014 by National Public Radio.


Vinny Milburn of Greenpoint Fish and Lobster

Today's guest is Vinny Milburn, owner and fishmonger of Greenpoint Fish and Lobster. The company operates wholesale operations as well as a restaurant. Vinny's great-great grandfather founded wholesale fish enterprise, the John Nagle Company, in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in the 1880s. After working as the company’s seafood purchaser and head of wholesale operations, he partnered with Adam Geringer-Dunn to open Greenpoint Fish & Lobster (a restaurant and retail seafood market) in Brooklyn...


Episode 53: Chef Dan Holzman

On today's episode Chef Daniel Holzman discusses his career and how he came to co-create The Meatball Shop. Daniel recounts his early days growing up in NYC and getting hired at Le Bernardin at age 15, heading to the CIA for culinary school and traveling west to continue his culinary education all before returning home to partner up with his childhood friend Michael Chernow on the multi-unit Meatball Shop restaurant concept that of course specializes in meatballs and offers them in over...


Episode 52: Erin Shambura

This week Chef Erin Shambura the co-owner and chef of Fausto in Brooklyn stops by. Chef Shambura has previously worked at Mercer Kitchen, Del Posto, Lupa and L’Artusi. In this episode we discuss coming up the ranks in some of the finest Italian restaurants in NYC, getting burnt out and moving to Italy, and what it is like to be in the beginning months of running a newly opened restaurant.


Episode 51: Mark Rosati, Culinary Director of Shake Shack

Today's episode is all about burgers and growing a brand, and today's guest is one of the first employees of Shack Shack. MARK ROSATI joined the Shake Shack team at the original Madison Square Park location as a Manager in the summer of 2007 and became culinary director in charge of developing permanent menu items and local seasonal specials for Shake Shack locations throughout the United States and in many countries abroad.


Episode 50: Max Sussman Chef/Owner of Samesa

Today's guest is Max Sussman, chef and co-owner of Samesa Restaurant in Williamsburg. Max was previously the chef de cuisine at Eve the restaurant a beloved neighborhood favorite in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he worked at the Breslin, was the chef de cuisine at Roberta's when it received 2 stars from the New York Times and then led the kitchen at The Cleveland in Manhattan before deciding to pursue his own restaurant concept based around shawarma. He has been nominated for a James Beard rising...


Episode 49: Brian Goldberg

Brian Goldberg a NY native who has at various times in his life been an Olympic qualifying luger, an investment banker and a CNBC TV reporter, moved to China with a masters in East Asian studies and became infatuated with the jianbing, a northern Chinese street crepe. His obsession led him to open his first jianbing shop in Hong Kong called Mr. Bing in 2012 and a second in 2013. After moving back to NYC, he now has 3 locations of Mr. Bing with a fourth on the way. Today, we’ll be diving...


Episode 48: Chef Greg Proechel

Chef Greg Proechel has worked at Eleven Madison Park, Graffit and Blanca where he was sous under Carlo Mirachi when the restaurant earned its second Michelin star. Prior to opening Ferris he was the executive chef at Le Turtle in Manhattan. That restaurant was named one of Eater’s best new restaurants of 2016. The NY Times recently awarded Ferris two stars.


Episode 47: Bryan Daton

Today's guest is Bryan Dayton, the co-owner of Oak at Fourteenth in Boulder and Acorn and Brider in Denver. Bryan oversees day to day operations of all three properties and runs the front of house and beverage programs. He is a master Sommelier and graduate of the Beverage Alcohol Resource Program. In early 2018 along with his partners, they will open Corrida, a Basque/Spanish inspired steakhouse. He previous worked at Frasca Food and Wine in Colorado. Bryan’s restaurants and cocktails...


Episode 45: Alex Stupak

On today's show we welcome the chef Alex Stupak, owner of Empellon in Midtown, Al Pastor in the E.V. and Taqueria in the W.V. He began his career by washing dishes at age 12 and then attended the Culinary Institute of America on a full scholarship and has worked at Tru in Chicago, the Federalist in Boston, Alinea and wd-50. His restaurants have made top ten lists at New York Magazine, NY Times and Empellon Cocina was named a JBF best new restaurant semifinalist in 2013. Alex was named a...


Episode 44: Wilson Tang

On today's show, we welcome the owner and operator of Nom Wah Tea Parlor and several other NYC restaurants. Wilson Tang took over the flagship Nom Wah in 2011 from his uncle Wally and infused with new life and excitement and a few hints of modernity while maintaining the classic elements of the menu dining room and vibe. In addition to Nom Wah which opened nearly 100 years ago, Wilson operates Nom Wah Nolita and Nom Wah Kuai, both fast-casual concepts; and Nom Wah Tu. In this episode We...


Episode 43: Justin Bazdarich

Today's guest is the co-owner and chef of Speedy Romeo a wood-fired restaurant serving pizza, grilled meats and fish in Brooklyn. He attended the French Culinary Institute and then began working for Jean-Georges. He rose to the level of CDC within the Jean-George restaurant group and then became a chef trainer helping to launch multiple restaurants all around the world taking him to far off locations like Instanbul and Qatar.


Episode 41: Michael McCarty

This week on The Line, host Eli Sussman is joined by Michael McCarty, proprietor of restaurants Michael’s Santa Monica and Michael’s New York. McCarty was an early pioneer of California Cuisine, jump-starting the farm-to-table movement and regional American food. He was a founder of the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) and an early supporter of the James Beard Foundation (JBF).


Episode 38: Jessica Largey of SIMONE

Growing up northwest of Los Angeles in Ventura County, surrounded by agriculture, Jessica Largey developed an appreciation for farming and sustainability alongside her love of cooking, ultimately leading her to work at regional farmers’ markets and visiting local farms. Today, she is the Executive Chef of SIMONE in the emerging Arts District of downtown L.A., which offers an a la carte menu of seasonal California fare.


Episode 35: Pit Master Hugh Mangum from Mighty Quinn's

This week on The Line, host Eli Sussman is joined in the studio by Hugh Mangum, co-founder and pit master of Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque. Initially a passion project inspired by Mangum’s late father, Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque (named after Mangum’s eldest son) defines a distinct brand of New York-style barbeque that slots neatly into the fast-casual industry. Partnering with Christos Gourmos and stepbrother Micha Magid, Mangum grew the business far beyond its humble start at the Smorgasburg...